Favoring dramatic light conditions, Todd Hido portrays his subject matter when vivid evening skies or overcast weather conditions add a distinct sense of sentimentality. Employing a pictorial language that unfolds slowly picture by picture, the effect is astonishingly cinematic. Forlorn roads lose themselves in aimless terrains, while heavy clouds hover above. Barren fields and edges of dark pine forests underline the simplicity of the scenery, the emergence of occasional power lines or telephone poles serves as theatrical effect. An overall dark mood settles deep into the landscape, reinforced by the remnants of recent showers. Sometimes captured from the driver’s seat through a rainy windshield, each work has a hint of the surreal.
Drawn into this moody scenery, the viewer, alongside the artist, takes on the role of a lone traveler, who without map or compass is incited to contemplate what stretches endlessly ahead. While this Romantic concept of experiencing nature through the boundless emotional submission might lead one’s associative thoughts as far back as the works of Caspar David Friedrich or members of the Hudson River School, Hido’s process is unquestionably modern.
Please join us for the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Todd Hido. The artist will be present to sign his recent monograph Roaming, published by Nazraeli Press.
Hido lives and works in San Francisco. His work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, LACMA, the George Eastman House, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Public Library, among many others.